Administrative Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship is an intensive, year-long opportunity to learn and work under the guidance of executive leadership. The program is for individuals who have completed graduate-level training in health administration.

The purpose of the Administrative Fellowship is to bridge the gap between academic coursework in health administration and the practical application of leadership and managerial skills.

Applicants must have graduated from a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited program. Please review the CAHME, CEPH and AACSB websites for a full list of these programs.

Upcoming Webinars

An informational webinar outlining the structure, unique opportunities and leadership accessibility provided to fellows at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Use the links below to join the webinars:

For more information, or questions, please contact the current fellows at

Administrative Fellowship Program - Q&A with our Leaders

Hear from Kevin High, MD, MS, and Cathleen A. Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, as they discuss the benefits of our Administrative Fellowship Program. 

About Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is a nationally recognized, regional health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist's two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children's Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research. In October 2020, Wake Forest Baptist including Wake Forest School of Medicine, officially partnered with Charlotte-based Atrium Health to serve as the academic core of the combined enterprise and is now known as Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

Program Structure

The Administrative Fellowship provides a one-year rotational and project-based opportunity for young careerists to experience the many aspects of healthcare administration. The Fellowship has been a presence at the Medical Center for over 45 years and is among the oldest administrative fellowships in the nation.  

The Fellowship is structured in 3 parts: rotations, projects and leadership.


To gain exposure to the entire Medical Center and its subsidiaries, fellows spend a portion of their time in rotations.

Rotations take the fellows throughout all aspects of the hospital, but can also be catered in accordance with the fellow's individual learning objectives and interests.

Rotations will encompass numerous areas and will expose fellows to the clinical, academic, research and operational areas of the organization.


To gain practical experience, fellows also spend a portion of their time completing projects. Projects are largely based on the fellows' rotation schedule and their respective areas of interest. Fellows are expected to complete projects across both the clinical and academic enterprises.

Projects vary widely, but could include:

  • Development of business plans
  • Provision of information for capital equipment requests
  • Assistance with budget preparation
  • Survey data analysis
  • Involvement with process improvement initiatives
  • Participation in organizational campaigns (United Way, Heart & Stroke Walk, etc.)

Fellows have flexibility to initiate participation in projects based on their specific learning objectives and interests as well as the needs of the organization.


Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in leadership meetings and community initiatives to ascertain a high-level understanding of the organization as well as to observe various leadership and managerial styles.

These meetings offer the fellows exceptional learning opportunities and help them build a complete understanding of current initiatives within the organization.


Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist offers administrative fellows a total compensation package including:

  • Competitive salary
  • Insurance benefits (health, dental and vision)
  • Option to contribute to our 403b retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off for 6 holidays (Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Memorial Day)
  • Funding for attendance at national and state/regional meetings

Additional requests for personal time are discussed with and approved by Fellowship Preceptor.